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General

  • Sow tender bedding plants and vegetables (see below) in a heated propagator or in trays on a warm windowsill or greenhouse.
     
  • Select seeds and buy from  Dobies   Suttons Seeds   Thompson & Morgan
     
  • Order and prepare raised beds for growing vegetables and flowers from Harrod Horticultural.
     
  • Plant Potatoes.
     
  • Plant Perennial flowera and herbs such as marjoram, mint, rosemary and sage.
     
  • Lift and divide congested clumps of existing perennials in theb garden.
     
  • Plant out bulbs grown for indoor use which have finished flowering and remove their seed heads to concentrate their energy on growing the bulb itself.
     
  • Prune tender climbers and wall shrubs if they show strong growth.
     
  • Remove winter protection from containers later in the month when the risk of hard frost has gone, and top-dress or replant overgrown or pot-bound plants adding a slow-release fertiliser.
     
  • Cut off dead flower spikes from summer-flowering heathers and prune young tree heathers.
     
  • Apply a spring fertiliser to established lawns once they are actively growing and cut grass when it is about 8 cm (3 in) high.
     
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs over three years old as they finish flowering. Sow and plant out vegetables including beetroot,broad beans, carrots, celeriac, kohlrabi, onions, peas, spinach, swedes and turnips.
     
  • Sow seeds of tomatoes in a heated propagator or on a warm windowsill to grow on outdoors when all danger of frost is over.
     
  • Mulch beds and borders while the soil is moist to reduce the need for watering and to keep down weeds.
     
  • Sow green manures - phacelia, buckwheat, red clover, lupins, mustard, winter tares and trefoil.

Greenhouse

  • Now is a good to select a greenhouse to make full use of it over the coming year to grow and harvest fruit and vegetables. Buy also from Greenhouses Direct.
     
  • Sow seeds:-
  • tomatoes
     
  • Bedding plants such as African marigolds, petunias, lobelia and antirrhinums.
  • Begonias and Pelargoniums.
  • Quick-growing perennials.
     
  • Sow hardy annuals in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.
     
  • Make sure pots and seed trays with plants and seedlings in the greenhouse do not dry out.

    Vegetable Garden

    • Sow broad beans, onions, peas, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, parsley, carrots, parsnips, radishes and spring onions.
       
    • Sprout maincrop potatoes and plant sprouted tubers of early varieties.
       
    • Plant asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, onion sets and garlic.
       
    • Make the first outdoor sowings of culinary and salad herbs.

    Fruit Garden

    • Finish pruning and planting fruit bushes such as autumn-fruiting raspberries.
       
    • Graft apples and pears.
       
    • Continue greasebands until end of the month.
       
    • Cover ground under pear trees with carpet mulch to prevent pear midges.
       
    • If frosty, protect blossom with sacks or fleece.
       
    • Inspect raspberry canes for signs of raspberry moth and other pests and diseases.
       
    • Prune plum trees once they have started growing.

    Flower Garden


  • Books on Gardening in Spring

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